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February 13 - 22 
Winter Fair

Last month of winter – February is rich for holidays. On February 14 it’s Valentine's Day, and from 16 to 22 of February – Maslenitsa festival. And the Winter Fair which will be held from 13 to 22 of February at the territory of Crimean Boulevard and the shop "City Center" is a great opportunity to buy gifts and everything you need to prepare for these holidays. 

From 13 to 22 of February at the Winter Fair can be purchased products for holiday treats at factory prices, gifts and souvenirs for beloved ones. The visitors will be presented with the original souvenirs, handmade cakes, candies for children and a variety of sweets. Producers of ecologically clean Ukraine’s areas traditionally bring honey, wine of honey and the other products as well as handicrafts to the Winter Fair. 

The Fair will end with traditional for Maslenitsa contests and comic competitions, master classes on implementation of traditional rites and performance of the winter’s farewell.
Maslenitsa (also known as Butter Week, Crepe week, or Cheesefare Week) is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent—that is, the eighth week before Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter). Maslenitsa corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival, except that Orthodox Lent begins on a Monday instead of a Wednesday, and the Orthodox date of Easter can differ greatly from the Western Christian date. 
Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. 
The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is bliny (pancakes or crepes). Round and golden, they are made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition that week: butter, eggs and milk. During pagan times, the round and golden shape and color signified praise to the Sun because of pancakes’ resemblance to it.

As the culmination of the celebration, on Sunday evening, Lady Maslenitsa is stripped of her finery and put to the flames of a bonfire. Any remaining blintzes are also thrown on the fire and Lady Maslenitsa’s ashes are buried in the snow (to “fertilize the crops”). 

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